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Should I worry about all the stuff online about "crazy ways to get drunk"?
Videos of kids getting drunk, smoking pot, or promoting outrageous behavior certainly make parents' job harder. The sheer volume of these videos, the fact that they're shareable, and their viral nature make them a challenge to manage.
The reality is: There are lots of videos of extreme and risky behavior online. You can try to limit your teens' access, but you won't be able to block everything -- and there are always friends with phones showing off the latest crazy video. Keep the lines of communication open with your kid and listen nonjudgmentally; open dialogue strengthens trust on both sides. Here are some ideas for those conversations.
- Explain the risks and consequences of binge drinking.
- Explain that what you see in videos isn't necessarily a representation of the truth.
- Urge your kid not to open or share these types of videos.
- Encourage kids to pursue other online interests that are constructive and healthy.